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The Proper Use of 911.

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posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 11:09 AM
I was listening to the radio a few days ago and they were on about stupid 911 calls. I'm sure most of us have heard the ones that make the news. People being just ignorant about what 911 is really for.

I hope this thread will be a reminder to us all as to how to use 911.

Here are some examples of 911 abuse :

The woman who called 911 to ask a police officer on a date

A woman in Aloha, Oregon, called 911 because she thought a deputy who had just visited her house on a complaint was good-looking. After her neighbors reported a noise complaint, two sheriff's deputies knocked on Lorna Jeanne Dudash's door. One of them caught her eye. When they left, Dudash dialed 9-1-1 in a desperate attempt to get the deputy she described to dispatchers as “a cutie pie” to return.

She said that she didn't have an emergency; she just wanted the dispatcher to “throw the cute police back her way”. The “cute” deputy returned, and, once he determined there was no legitimate emergency, he arrested Dudash for misusing 9-1-1. She now faces a fine of up to several thousand dollars and up to a year in jail.

The woman who called 911 because McDonald's didn't have McNuggets

Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, called police to complain that a cashier would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I had known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." She was arrested and the Police pressed charges for misusing the 911 system.

The wife who called 911 to make her husband stop watching porn

A frustrated German housewife called police because her husband would not stop watching porn movies. The 44-year-old woman, from Aachen, dialed the emergency police number and told the dispatcher in a weepy voice there was an emergency. But when officers arrived at the scene they found her pacing the apartment while her husband, 46, sat in front of the TV watching a blue movie. She was told however that there was nothing the police could do in such a case, but refered her to a counselor for help.


Here's a page that has links to actual calls, some are the kind we don't want to be making and others are actual emergency calls, we can learn from.

911 Calls

When TO Call 911

I have found that nearly everyone I speak with knows what 911 is and has probably used it at least once. We have all adjusted to calling 911 for any emergency we have. The problem is that too many people use 911 for issues that are not actual emergencies. Most of you know that your local police department has a non-emergency number, right? For some of you, the non-emergency number in your area is a generic one, 311. Others will simply use the non-emergency phone number of their local police department. You can find that information in your local phone book.


When You're On The Line With The 911 Operator

Remember to try to remain calm, speak slowly in a clear voice, giving the operator as much information as possible. Try to take it slow and listen to the what the operator is saying to you. Answer questions directly and accurately as possible.

Don't use 911 for Non - Emergency situations. If no one is in danger or in fear of their lives, then most likely 911 isn't needed. Most cities have non - emergency numbers available.

Please stop and think before you dial 911. Be sure that 911 is really what you need, you could be taking the place of a caller who really needs emergeny assistance.

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 11:12 AM

her's one for you

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 05:32 PM
I'm so hesitant to call 9/11 that I think I'd probably not use it even if I thought I was having a heart attack. Been taught since public school "DONT CALL 9/11 UNLESS IT'S AN EMERGENCY!!!" so unless someone was laying on the ground not breathing and blue or had their leg chopped off at the knee, I think I'd have to think twice about whether it was serious enough to make the call.

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 09:03 PM
I've used it a couple of times.

Both, we were behind a car of which the driver just had to be drunk or having a medical issue, the driving was awful. Nearly side swiping cars, into the other lanes, etc.

Neither time did the cops get there before I had to make my turn etc, I don't know how it ended up.

Both times, I honestly felt that someone was in danger, so I called.

posted on Nov, 16 2009 @ 10:00 AM

CNN Story

Idiot.... ran out of cell phone minutes, so he calls 911 to flirt with an operator.

posted on Nov, 21 2009 @ 04:56 AM
reply to post by elevatedone

The phone number differs but such misuse of an emergency services number is a world wide problem .

A false emergency call proved expensive for a Bluff man in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Michael Ethan O'Hara, 19, welder, was fined $1200 for making a false statement and using a phone for fictitious purposes on April 10 at Bluff.


I wouldn't be opposed to jail time for people who pull such tasteless and ill-advised stunts . I can remember walking home from primary school with someone who use to use a public phone to ring 000 * and then he would yell down the phone . Hopeful with current day technology more people will get there just deserts via legal prosecutions .

* 000 is number you would ring in place 0f 9-11 in Australia . 111 is the number here in New Zealand .

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